When you are injured in an accident, your physician may recommend a variety of treatments depending on the type and severity of your injury. If you have several options for treatment, you and your doctor can work together to develop a treatment plan based on the potential risks associated with certain treatments and the likelihood certain treatments may be more successful than other treatments.
One treatment option that your physician may suggest is physical therapy or physical rehabilitation. Certain injuries and patients seem to respond well to physical therapy and rehabilitation. In addition, there are many different options for physical therapy, including aqua therapy.
If your doctor suggests aqua therapy, call Pinder Plotkin LLC to discuss the steps you need to take to receive reimbursement for the cost of the therapy by filing an accident claim. Some insurance companies may not be willing to recognize aqua therapy as a valid treatment initially.
Our Maryland accident lawyers can gather the necessary forms and documentation to prove that your physical therapy is a reasonable and necessary medical expense that should be included in the settlement offer. For a free consultation, call the Pinder Plotkin Legal Team at 410-661-9440.
What is Involved in Aqua Therapy?
Aqua therapy or aquatic therapy uses water to help improve the abilities and physical functions of the patient. All activities are performed in a pool so that the therapist can use the natural, gentle resistance that water provides as part of the treatment.
Some common types of aqua therapy used to treat injuries sustained in a personal injury accident include:
- Walking in deep water and other walking exercises
- Breath control exercises
- Aquatic yoga
- Exercises to improve balance
- Water-based motion exercises
In addition to various exercises, a therapist may also incorporate several different types of equipment to enhance the therapy. For instance, the therapist might use weights, balls, toys, compression vests, and flotation devices.
What are The Benefits of Aqua Therapy?
Even though some insurance companies do not believe that aqua therapy is a reasonable treatment without a Parkville personal injury lawyer getting involved with the claim, water therapy does have several benefits for the patient. A patient may experience mental and physical benefits during aqua therapy including:
- Reduction of stress and tension
- A gentle form of resistance for physical therapy
- Decreased pain and discomfort levels following a therapy session compared to traditional physical therapy
- Reduction in pain and tension in the patient’s muscles and joints
- Provides for a wider range of movement
- Benefits cardiovascular fitness
- Improvement in balance and flexibility
- Increase endurance and core strength
- Improve range of motion and muscle tone
If your doctor prescribes aqua therapy and you are concerned about the insurance provider denying coverage for the treatment, contact Pinder Plotkin LLC at 410-661-9440 to discuss your legal options with a Maryland personal injury lawyer.
Gathering Information for a Settlement Demand
When you reach maximum medical improvement (MMI), our Maryland injury lawyers discuss your health condition with your doctors. We need to determine if you have any permanent impairment that you may be entitled to be compensated for as part of your injury claim.
In addition, we want to ensure that we have copies of your doctor’s evaluation reports explaining why each treatment, including the aqua therapy, was reasonable and necessary given your injuries. The Pinder Plotkin Legal Team also works throughout your case to request copies of the rehabilitation records and physical therapy notes to ensure we can provide a comprehensive and thorough explanation to justify each form of medical treatment, including physical therapy.
The goal of making the settlement demand is to place the insurance company on notice that we have calculated the value of the claim, including compensation for all damages. In addition, we provide the evidence to substantiate the value of the claim.
From that point, the insurance provider may accept, deny, or negotiate the claim. If the insurance company refuses to negotiate a fair and just settlement in good faith, our Maryland accident lawyers are prepared to file a lawsuit to argue the matter in court.
Contact a Parkville Personal Injury Attorney for More Information
If you have questions about the accident claims process or medical treatment that may be included in an injury claim, contact our office for a free consultation with a Bell Air personal injury lawyer.
Contact Pinder Plotkin LLC at 410-661-9440 or visit our law firm online to request your free case evaluation with one of our Maryland injury and accident lawyers.
The information provided in this website is provided for informational purposes only, and should not be construed as legal advice on any subject. The information contained in this blog is also subject to change and should not be relied upon. Contact the Pinder Plotkin Legal Team for a FREE consultation.